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The Silly Sexual Assault Allegations Against President HW Bush

The Silly Sexual Assault Allegations Against President HW Bush

And yes, they ARE silly

I simply cannot wrap my head around this one.

Wednesday, two women made publicly accused former President HW Bush of sexual assault, not harassment, assault.

The first, which prompted the second, jumped aboard the #MeToo train (we discussed that here) saying four years ago, the wheelchair bound former President patted her rear during a photo op.

Actress Heather Lind accused Bush of sexual assault via Instagram post (which was later deleted), writing:

I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. But when I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say “not again”. His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really. I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character. My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him.
#metoo

Like the other #metoo posts, they only tell one side of the story and assume the motives of the alleged abuser without giving them an opportunity to plead their case.

Soon after, Bush’s spokesperson released the following statement:

That this kind of explanation is needed makes me hate everything.

The flood of sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations of Harvey Weinstein have blown the lid off quiet, shame-induced victimhood. No more are victims of sexual abuse afraid to speak up for fear of retribution; a fantastic development.

Unfortunately, as #metoo and Lind’s accusation perfectly illustrate, someone patting a woman’s rear without consent is being lumped into the same category and with the same abusers as Halperin and Weinstein.

Pretending what President Bush did was sexual assault doesn’t raise awareness of sexual predation, instead it demeans actual instances of sexual assault and the trauma those victims suffer for the rest of their lives. It takes a real, horrific crime, and makes the public laugh at the stupidity of the accusation.

There’s an entire generation that’s been raised without any respect for words and their meaning in conjunction with an ingrained desire to be a victim as a means of either standing out or fitting in and it’s ruining some of the best parts of our society.

If this is funny (and I chucked at this one),

Then I’m not sure how Hollywood squares some sexual jokes as funny while others as off-putting.

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Kemberlee, that picture is funny because Ellen DeGeneres, the sexual aggressor, is a lesbian and therefore a member of one of Hollywierd’s protected classes; thus, no outcry. If that exact thing had been done by a heterosexual male not of a protected class there would be a tar pot on the fire and hundreds of chickens being de-feathered. This, even though the sexual connotations of Katy Perry’s breasts in each case can be presumed to be the same!

Can you say “Double standard.”?

    RedEchos in reply to Walker Evans. | October 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    “If this is funny (and I chucked at this one), Then I’m not sure how Hollywood squares some sexual jokes as funny while others as off-putting.”

    Read the comment above

    I found the whole Pappy Bush story funny.

    Now if you pinch the butt of a girl unwelcomed (even if you are in your 90s), you can expect a stern rebuking or a slap (although that might have ‘woke’ the secret service). But Jeez Louise, a lame joke and a butt carass during a photo by a 90 year old man in a wheel chair is not sexual assault.

    This is about Ms. Lind looking for an opportunity of self promotion or victim hood status (sorry, you just made yourself look ridiculous).

    rabidfox in reply to Walker Evans. | October 27, 2017 at 12:21 am

    If Katy Perry didn’t want her breasts oogled she would have worn a dress with a higher neck line. Seriously girls, get real.

Very important point. Just as with “racism”, the wider the definition the less meaningful it gets, so we end up saying, “Fine, if this is racism then there’s nothing wrong with racism”, so too with “sexual assault”. If this is what is now called “sexual assault” then every time I hear someone accused of that I will assume they did this, or something similarly innocuous, and dismiss it from all further consideration. Is that what these people want to happen?

People need some perspective. More than 1500 years ago, Rabbi Dosa warned against confusing an unwanted caress with rape; both are bad, but they are not at all in the same category. “What did this Arab do to her? Merely because he squeezed her between her breasts, has he thereby rendered her unfit to be a priest’s wife?!” (Gittin 80b, Ketubot 36b)

Amen!!

I just screamed obscenities at my TV set. My wife was watching lester holt to see if he would mention the Uranium One scandal and of course he didn’t but he did spend over three minutes on GWHB and his “Sexual assault” on two bimbos. His dirty joke, which they never mentioned, was, “I’m a magician, David cop-a-feel!” And at that, he would smack them on the butt. But they spent about twenty seconds on Mark Halperin who is by any standards a true touchy-feely guy and has many women who have come forward to say the things he has done to them. No David cop-a-feel him. He is a true groper! But for them to carry on about GWHB and show movies of him in his wheelchair while only showing a still photo of Halperin is just sickening!!!!!!! Is there anything lower than the msm?

To say that a person with Parkinsons who is in a wheelchair and surrounded by many other people posed a sexual threat is stupid.

I would suspect that Bush 41 is used to putting an arm around a person (male or female) when taking a picture. Many people do that pose for pictures. Also, he probably does not have great arm/hand control and is just making a joke to cover up involuntary movements in his arms. But, I am making assumptions.

If I was in that situation, I would just make a joke and move to a position behind his chair.

By the way, the actress was in the series called “Turn” about a Revolutionary War spy ring. If I remember correctly, there were a few sex scenes with that actress. So, why did she not complain about that activity?

Concerning the Ellen photo, I view it as a sexual harassment situation because Ellen is a lesbian. If a male on female joke is wrong because of the sex, then male on male as well as female on female jokes are also very wrong.

    I found a scene from Boardwalk Empire of her performing a certain act (albeit simulated) on another actor. Let’s just say her protestations are a wee bit over the top.

amatuerwrangler | October 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

This is where we end up when we let the opinion of the recipient of a statement become a crime, regardless of what was intended. The “gold standard” would be the hostile work environment a *victim* claimed when hearing a water-cooler discussion of a Seinfeld episode.

As to the reference to “Turn” above, the difference is, of course, she was paid for the Turn activity. So we have to ask: what does that make her?

And the left continues to worship JFK (and RFK) and Clinton. Go figure.

The ludicrousness of the spreading hysteria needs to be checked, and this is an awesome post. The distinction between this and what Weinstein did is important.

But what’s going to happen is that every female who’s ever been in the vicinity of a powerful white male and caught his–however innocent–eye will now be attacked and run out of his job.

What starts as a very real problem with very real instances of sexual assault and intimidation will be, is already being, weaponized against white males generally.

Ask someone out for coffee? You PERV! Have your contact lens shift and cause you to wink in the general direction of a female? Sexual shark! Watch. This will get out of hand fast as the SJW’s see an opportunity to unseat those RAACIST privileged white males and take their place.

    This is the reason that many men have gone “on strike”. We – yes, I’m one of them – refuse to be alone with a female for any reason whatsoever; we limit our interactions with females to the absolute minimum; etc. Why? Because five or ten or twenty years later the female may decide that she didn’t like something we said or did, and the resulting sh*tstorm can destroy lives. Put simply, the risks of interacting with females have become far in excess of any possible benefits.

Colonel Travis | October 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Everyone but Bill Clinton is getting raked over the coals now.

Could it be that someone is trying to make this seem ludicrous because more real allegations are looming?

Katy Perry doesn’t need the occasion of her birthday to bring the big balloons. It’s an intended distraction from her music.

89 years old, in a wheel chair, Barbara Bush standing next to him, at a public photo shoot

Sexual Assault? It’s called crying wolf! Dolts……

Nothing more than a media grab.

I had the opportunity to meet then CO Bush in 2980 when he stayed overnight in our town during a campaign stop. I was assigned to guard a stairwell as local PD assisted the Secret Service during these events.

About 6am the door to the stairwell flies open and a way too cheery GB was there. Just yo thank us and make sure we ordered breakfast and his staff gave us a tour of their command center. A start of decades of working with them.

Oddly, all were very friendly and cooperative. Clinton’s seemed different and not so much on the happy side.

“To say that a person with Parkinsons who is in a wheelchair and surrounded by many other people posed a sexual threat is stupid.”

It does seem bizarre. Unless he has a firearm (or at least a motorized chair) he’s obviously no threat to anyone.

If you don’t like what he’s doing or saying, just walk away.

Look at me! Look at me! Look at #metoo!!

While these allegations may be a bit overblown, he should know better than put himself in this position and expose himself to these type of allegations. I don’t care if Barbara is present or not.

Funny how on the left “permission to objectify” one’s self and/or the intentional solicitation of objectification can be turned on and off and, the one asking to be objectified gets to determine after the fact whether she approves of who objectified her… case in point, Katy Perry

Sorry but I can’t agree. Sapp a girl on the butt or squeezing her butt is a mild form of sexual assault. I was prepared to give Bush a pass for being 93 with dementia and unable to control himself, but radaronline.com has video of him 10 years ago when he could still walk standing next to actress Terri Hatcher and giving her at least 4 hard spanks on her butt.

So apparently pappasitos Bush besides being a horrible president is a horndog who likes to cop a feel on younger women.

No excuses for his behavior or forJr’s pro globalist attacks on President Trump. Thank god President Trump saved us from not just Hillary but also Jeb!

    Meh. One of my favorite cotton-candy movies is Bridget Jones’s Diary, and the opening scene includes her elderly pervy “uncle” not just patting but actually cupping her butt. Sexual assault, though? Um, that seems a stretch.

    Girls get this scene. It happens on occasion and is one of those things you move away from while making a joke or tossing a look as Bridget does.

    Now, we could always turn around and smack the doddering old fool who hasn’t been able to get it up in forty years, or we can just move away feeling sorry for the old codger. Like Bridget, most of us take the latter (and, to my mind, higher) road. Some doddering old guy we can knock over by kicking his cane away is not a threat. He’s a sad sad man who deserves our pity and maybe even our prayers.

    This is not even in the same universe as what Weinstein did to countless women and treating it as such will fuel crazed witch hunts in which all men, especially white ones, are guilty of some sort of “assault” or predation because they brushed a woman’s arm in an elevator or flirted with an uninterested woman. Do we really really need to go down that path? Does our society have to be so tightly controlled that women can no longer decide for ourselves what constitutes sexual assault worthy of legal recourse and public shaming and what is utterly harmless and nonthreatening?

      Nobody is drawing any equivalency between Weinstein and Papa Bush. Its the difference between felony sexual assault and some class C or B misdemeanor assault. But it is still an unwanted touching of the Creepy kind. In Bush’s case an example of a male in a power position abusing that power.

      Papa Bush and his son Jr were both horrible presidents and globalists. It also appears that papa Bush was a horndog abuser of the creepy kind well before he lost his mind.

      They are also good friends with Bill Clinton and have never said a bad word about Obama. I’m well past the time of being over the Bushes.

        I couldn’t agree more in your assessment of both Bushes. They were horrendous one-world progressives. No American can look at H. W.’s signing of the UN’s 21st-century global sustainability agenda and think he gave a rat’s patootey about America or her people.

        That’s not the same as H. W. trying to relive his glory days by wistfully patting someone’s bum. Horrendous globalist who sold us out? Yep. Serial sex offender who should be pilloried? Nope.

Actual sexual assault victims should punch these metoo’rs in the throat.

Ms. Kaye, you’re right to distinguish a severe offense from a mild one, but you’re wrong to quibble over semantics. Isn’t sexual assault generally defined as ANY unwanted sexual touching?

    Theoretically. But in actual application, the term “sexual assault” has been so broadly defined that it can be applied to any interaction between males and females. Even saying “Good morning” has been called sexual assault.

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